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Southern Africa: the tough path towards quitting coal
The Duvha coal-fired power plant, owned by state-owned utility Eskom, in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga province, South Africa, on June 3, 2021. © Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Southern Africa: the tough path towards quitting coal

The whole region of southern Africa, and especially South Africa, remains extremely dependent on coal mines, despite protests from environmentalists and pressure from the West in the form of billion-dollar subsidised plans to speed up the coal phase-out. The weighty state-owned Eskom, which has been embroiled in deep crisis for years, is making a tentative attempt to diversify. However, in a country where the sector's unions enjoy unparalleled influence within the state apparatus this is a daunting task. Neighbouring states are attune to this fact and are launching new projects to supply the regional giant's power plants.


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